Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a invoice April 11 authorizing hemp meals substances to be marketed as business feed.
HB 396 could be a significant step forward in opening markets for the creating American hemp grain business. Key options of the invoice embody:
• Clarifies hemp seed meals substances and substances derived from hemp are included within the definition of economic feed.
• Provides authority for hemp to be used as business feed for pets and horses.
• Includes feed use with different livestock, effectiveness contingent upon FDA-DVM approval of hemp as an accredited additive or outlined ingredient in animal meals or medicated feed for livestock.
The invoice handed practically unanimously within the Montana legislature and had help from the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Stockgrowers Association and the Montana Grain Growers Association.
“Hemp provides an additional rotation crop for farmers and value-added opportunities for our rural communities,” stated Rep. Josh Kassmier, invoice sponsor and member of the House Ag Committee.
Industry help behind the invoice included Montana hemp oilseed and fiber firm IND HEMP together with foyer agency Agricultural Hemp Solutions.
“In Montana, we look forward to building a nationally recognized hemp program founded on grain and fiber production, and working with those farmers and businesses who work hard to make things happen,” stated Ken Elliott, founding father of IND HEMP.
Courtney Moran, chief legislative strategist at Agricultural Hemp Solutions, who labored on the invoice with Montana lawmakers, known as the invoice “a positive and necessary step forward in recognizing hemp as an agricultural commodity, and opens the door for hemp as a commercial feed ingredient creates new markets for farmers.”